Monthly Archives: September 2011

Qwikflix? Netster? Whence the split Netflix business?

Like most people – well, at least those who really get how startups and disruption work – I am impressed by Reed Hastings (Netflix CEO) willingness to take brutally painful short-term steps for the long-term benefit and viability of his … Continue reading

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What Showers Say About Europeans/Asians vs Americans

I love America. One of my favourite books starts that way, John Keegan’s “Fields of Battle: The Wars For North America.” One of the things I love about America is the incredible drive for entrepreneurship, the idea that if you … Continue reading

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Angry about Angry Birds – Time for Some Anger Management

The Atlantic had a funny article – well, funny to me, perhaps not to everyone – that Angry Birds, the game, is “costing” American businesses alone $1.5BN in lost wages and/or productivity per year, on average. ┬áThe math is very … Continue reading

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Wishful Thinking Does Not Make Facts

We all wish we could wish our wishes into reality – yes, that was intentional – but when a large company starts doing it, short the stock. Apparently, Martin Fichter, the president of HTC America is convinced HTC is about … Continue reading

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Yahoo Have Too Many “Yahoos”?

In a piece of good news, Yahoo finally got rid of Carol Bartz. She had been brought in to turn around the ailing company, one-time icon of the Internet about which it was said (including, supposedly, to the Google founders), … Continue reading

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Nature abhors a vacuum – if you don’t fill in the pieces, they will do it for you

I had an interesting insight a few days ago, one that I have had before. I have always loved the phrase “Nature Abhors a Vacuum”. While in the physics term, it normally means that if you have a vacuum, i.e. … Continue reading

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